The table below looks at the statistics for the Systems Administrator role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Systems Administrator in their job title over the 3 months to 19 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
System Administrator
Rank 289 288 207
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -81
Contract jobs requiring a Systems Administrator 367 343 470
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.67% 0.66% 0.95%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.72% 0.72% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 215 232 262
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £215 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 19 37
Average hourly rate £23.00 £21.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.97% +13.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.58 £12.80 £12.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.00 £30.10 £82.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £22.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+1.09% +30.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50642 47729 46134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.79% 92.49% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 32228 28770 26034
Average daily rate £400 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2044 2098 2641
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

Systems Administrator
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Systems Administrator in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Systems Administrator Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Systems Administrator
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK.

Systems Administrator Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Systems Administrator
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

Systems Administrator Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Systems Administrator
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK.

Systems Administrator Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Systems Administrator
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

Systems Administrator Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Systems Administrator
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Systems Administrator within the UK over the 3 months to 19 December 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -33 322 £350 - 147
London -38 149 £350 - 72
South East -2 59 £315 -3.07% 20
Scotland +25 35 £438 +16.66% 1
City of London 0 32 £325 -13.33% 27
Edinburgh +17 29 £450 +12.50%
West Yorkshire +9 26 £450 +5.88% 5
Yorkshire +5 26 £450 +5.88% 8
South West -14 26 £476 +64.93% 13
Leeds +12 21 £450 - 4
East of England -16 20 £275 -2.22% 12
Berkshire +10 16 £271 -10.33% 5
West Midlands -15 13 £350 +100.00% 9
North West -6 12 £365 +16.80% 11
East Midlands +7 11 £338 -3.57% 1
Surrey +1 11 £373 -0.66%
Hampshire -27 10 £315 -3.07% 8
Devon - 10 £518 - 1
Birmingham +2 8 £350 - 2
Oxfordshire -18 8 £275 -15.38% 2
Cambridgeshire -12 7 £325 - 7
Redhill - 7 - -
Cambridge +3 6 £263 -19.23% 7
Wiltshire -8 6 £425 +50.44% 5
Plymouth - 6 £485 -
Nottinghamshire +10 5 £425 +30.76%
Nottingham +6 5 £425 +30.76%
Manchester -6 5 £380 - 4
Buckinghamshire -10 5 £290 - 1
Oxford -15 5 £263 -19.23% 2

Systems Administrator
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Systems Administrator in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Systems Administrator in their job title.

1 337 (45.91%) Linux
2 284 (38.69%) Windows
3 230 (31.34%) VMware
4 187 (25.48%) UNIX
5 163 (22.21%) Red Hat
6 153 (20.84%) Active Directory
7 152 (20.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 136 (18.53%) Windows Server 2008
9 135 (18.39%) Microsoft
10 114 (15.53%) SAN
11 109 (14.85%) HP
12 101 (13.76%) DNS
12 101 (13.76%) Finance
13 98 (13.35%) ITIL
14 96 (13.08%) Solaris
15 92 (12.53%) VMware Infrastructure
16 91 (12.40%) Windows Server 2003
17 83 (11.31%) MS Exchange
18 82 (11.17%) SQL
19 81 (11.04%) Oracle
20 77 (10.49%) Security Cleared
21 75 (10.22%) Puppet
22 74 (10.08%) Apache
22 74 (10.08%) Shell Script
23 71 (9.67%) Citrix
24 68 (9.26%) Clustering
24 68 (9.26%) Banking
25 67 (9.13%) Bash Shell
26 64 (8.72%) Perl
27 60 (8.17%) DevOps

Systems Administrator
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Systems Administrator in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Systems Administrator in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 83 (11.31%) MS Exchange
2 74 (10.08%) Apache
3 53 (7.22%) Tomcat
4 42 (5.72%) SharePoint
5 37 (5.04%) Exchange Server 2010
6 34 (4.63%) Exchange Server 2007
7 29 (3.95%) JBoss
8 24 (3.27%) IIS
9 20 (2.72%) Exchange Server 2003
10 19 (2.59%) Exchange Server 2013
11 18 (2.45%) WebSphere
12 13 (1.77%) WebLogic
13 10 (1.36%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 9 (1.23%) WebSphere Application Server
14 9 (1.23%) nginx
15 8 (1.09%) OpenStack
16 7 (0.95%) SharePoint Server
17 6 (0.82%) Lync
18 5 (0.68%) Lotus Domino
18 5 (0.68%) Drupal
Applications
1 55 (7.49%) MS Excel
2 30 (4.09%) MS Office
3 4 (0.54%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.27%) ProjectWise
4 2 (0.27%) Stata
5 1 (0.14%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (0.95%) ResourceLink
2 4 (0.54%) Agresso
3 2 (0.27%) ENOVIA
3 2 (0.27%) HFM
3 2 (0.27%) Hyperion Enterprise
3 2 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.14%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.14%) Academy Revenues and Benefits
4 1 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.14%) Hyperion Planning
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 14 (1.91%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (1.63%) Amazon EC2
3 9 (1.23%) Microsoft Azure
4 8 (1.09%) Amazon S3
5 7 (0.95%) Taleo
5 7 (0.95%) SaaS
6 5 (0.68%) Office 365
7 3 (0.41%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (0.41%) Route 53
7 3 (0.41%) PaaS
8 2 (0.27%) Amazon ELB
8 2 (0.27%) IaaS
9 1 (0.14%) Google Apps
9 1 (0.14%) Amazon EMR
Communications & Networking
1 114 (15.53%) SAN
2 101 (13.76%) DNS
3 58 (7.90%) DHCP
4 48 (6.54%) TCP/IP
5 44 (5.99%) Firewall
6 33 (4.50%) NAS
7 30 (4.09%) LDAP
8 23 (3.13%) SMTP
9 19 (2.59%) LAN
10 15 (2.04%) VoIP
10 15 (2.04%) Internet
11 14 (1.91%) SSH
11 14 (1.91%) WAN
11 14 (1.91%) SSL
12 12 (1.63%) FTP
12 12 (1.63%) HTTP
12 12 (1.63%) VPN
13 10 (1.36%) VLAN
13 10 (1.36%) Wireless
14 9 (1.23%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (5.72%) SQL Server
2 37 (5.04%) MySQL
3 22 (3.00%) Oracle Database
4 12 (1.63%) PostgreSQL
5 11 (1.50%) SQL Server 2005
6 9 (1.23%) SQL Server 2012
7 8 (1.09%) Relational Database
7 8 (1.09%) Hadoop
8 7 (0.95%) DB2
8 7 (0.95%) SQL Server 2008
8 7 (0.95%) Oracle Database 12c
9 6 (0.82%) Big Data
10 5 (0.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 4 (0.54%) Data Warehouse
11 4 (0.54%) Crystal Reports
11 4 (0.54%) RDBMS
11 4 (0.54%) Ingres
12 3 (0.41%) Oracle Reports
12 3 (0.41%) Amazon RDS
12 3 (0.41%) Apache Hive
Development Applications
1 26 (3.54%) Jenkins
2 17 (2.32%) Git (software)
2 17 (2.32%) Subversion
3 7 (0.95%) JIRA
3 7 (0.95%) TeamCity
3 7 (0.95%) Hudson
4 6 (0.82%) Maven
5 4 (0.54%) Ant
6 2 (0.27%) Artifactory
6 2 (0.27%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.27%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (0.27%) Eclipse
7 1 (0.14%) WebLogic Workshop
7 1 (0.14%) CruiseControl
7 1 (0.14%) Selenium
7 1 (0.14%) PHPUnit
7 1 (0.14%) Cucumber
7 1 (0.14%) Wise Package Studio
7 1 (0.14%) Trac
7 1 (0.14%) NeoLoad
General
1 101 (13.76%) Finance
2 68 (9.26%) Banking
3 19 (2.59%) Telecoms
4 17 (2.32%) Investment Banking
5 7 (0.95%) Retail
6 6 (0.82%) Manufacturing
6 6 (0.82%) Advertising
7 3 (0.41%) Marketing
8 2 (0.27%) Local Government
8 2 (0.27%) Automotive
8 2 (0.27%) Law
8 2 (0.27%) Legal
8 2 (0.27%) Games
8 2 (0.27%) Back Office
8 2 (0.27%) Electronics
8 2 (0.27%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.14%) Front Office
9 1 (0.14%) Publishing
9 1 (0.14%) Billing
9 1 (0.14%) Dutch Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (2.32%) Application Packaging
2 16 (2.18%) LAMP
3 14 (1.91%) Middleware
3 14 (1.91%) Web Services
4 11 (1.50%) XML
5 10 (1.36%) WebSphere MQ
6 8 (1.09%) HTML
7 7 (0.95%) WebSphere Message Broker
8 4 (0.54%) FIX Protocol
8 4 (0.54%) .NET
9 3 (0.41%) CSS
10 2 (0.27%) WSGI
10 2 (0.27%) Regular Expression
10 2 (0.27%) REST
10 2 (0.27%) RabbitMQ
10 2 (0.27%) Java EE
10 2 (0.27%) MSMQ
10 2 (0.27%) Hibernate
11 1 (0.14%) Rendezvous
11 1 (0.14%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 68 (9.26%) Clustering
2 39 (5.31%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (2.59%) Management Information System
4 18 (2.45%) Open Source
5 14 (1.91%) Replication
5 14 (1.91%) NHS
6 12 (1.63%) Blackberry
7 11 (1.50%) Video Conferencing
8 10 (1.36%) Wiki
9 9 (1.23%) Client/Server
10 8 (1.09%) Symmetrix DMX
11 7 (0.95%) Computer Science
12 5 (0.68%) Oracle Exalogic
13 4 (0.54%) Enterprise Software
13 4 (0.54%) Physics
13 4 (0.54%) Chemistry
13 4 (0.54%) Biology
13 4 (0.54%) Statistics
13 4 (0.54%) Grid Computing
13 4 (0.54%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 337 (45.91%) Linux
2 284 (38.69%) Windows
3 187 (25.48%) UNIX
4 152 (20.71%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 136 (18.53%) Windows Server 2008
6 96 (13.08%) Solaris
7 91 (12.40%) Windows Server 2003
8 58 (7.90%) Windows Server 2012
9 50 (6.81%) CentOS
10 36 (4.90%) Windows 7
11 30 (4.09%) Ubuntu
12 28 (3.81%) Windows XP
13 27 (3.68%) AIX
14 25 (3.41%) SUSE
15 23 (3.13%) HPUX
16 21 (2.86%) Debian
17 9 (1.23%) VMS
17 9 (1.23%) Windows 2000
17 9 (1.23%) Windows 8
18 8 (1.09%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 98 (13.35%) ITIL
2 60 (8.17%) DevOps
3 40 (5.45%) Migration
4 33 (4.50%) Change Management
5 32 (4.36%) Configuration Management
6 29 (3.95%) Agile Software Development
7 27 (3.68%) E-Commerce
8 25 (3.41%) Capacity Management
9 24 (3.27%) Disaster Recovery
10 22 (3.00%) Continuous Integration
10 22 (3.00%) Load Balancing
11 21 (2.86%) Service Management
12 19 (2.59%) Performance Tuning
13 14 (1.91%) Mentoring
14 13 (1.77%) Service Delivery
15 12 (1.63%) Project Management
15 12 (1.63%) Workflow
16 11 (1.50%) Incident Management
17 10 (1.36%) Line Management
17 10 (1.36%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 82 (11.17%) SQL
2 74 (10.08%) Shell Script
3 67 (9.13%) Bash Shell
4 64 (8.72%) Perl
5 50 (6.81%) PowerShell
6 41 (5.59%) Python
7 31 (4.22%) PHP
8 29 (3.95%) Java
9 19 (2.59%) Ruby
10 17 (2.32%) Korn
11 12 (1.63%) VB
12 10 (1.36%) VBScript
13 7 (0.95%) PL/SQL
13 7 (0.95%) C
14 6 (0.82%) JavaScript
15 5 (0.68%) AWK
16 4 (0.54%) sed
17 3 (0.41%) VBA
17 3 (0.41%) T-SQL
17 3 (0.41%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 77 (10.49%) Security Cleared
2 41 (5.59%) SC Cleared
3 39 (5.31%) Microsoft Certification
4 28 (3.81%) DV Cleared
5 22 (3.00%) Degree
6 19 (2.59%) RHCE
7 16 (2.18%) MCITP
7 16 (2.18%) MCSE
8 11 (1.50%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (0.68%) MCSA
9 5 (0.68%) RHCT
10 4 (0.54%) LPIC
10 4 (0.54%) MCP
11 3 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (0.41%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 3 (0.41%) RHCSA
12 2 (0.27%) CCENT
12 2 (0.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 1 (0.14%) Linux+ Certification
13 1 (0.14%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (6.27%) SLA
2 6 (0.82%) QA
3 2 (0.27%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.14%) Data Quality
System Software
1 153 (20.84%) Active Directory
2 92 (12.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 44 (5.99%) vSphere
4 39 (5.31%) XenApp
5 33 (4.50%) VMware ESX
6 23 (3.13%) Hyper-V
7 18 (2.45%) XenDesktop
7 18 (2.45%) Veritas Volume Manager
7 18 (2.45%) Veritas Cluster Server
8 14 (1.91%) NFS
9 12 (1.63%) Samba
10 10 (1.36%) XenServer
11 8 (1.09%) VMware ESXi
11 8 (1.09%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 8 (1.09%) Firmware
12 7 (0.95%) KVM
13 6 (0.82%) qmail
13 6 (0.82%) Postfix
14 5 (0.68%) Microsoft App-V
14 5 (0.68%) Xen
Systems Management
1 75 (10.22%) Puppet
2 43 (5.86%) Nagios
2 43 (5.86%) SCOM
3 38 (5.18%) HP SIM
4 36 (4.90%) SCCM
5 33 (4.50%) Opscode Chef
6 31 (4.22%) NetBackup
7 19 (2.59%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 18 (2.45%) Ansible
8 18 (2.45%) ARCserve
9 15 (2.04%) SCSM
10 13 (1.77%) Control-M
11 11 (1.50%) Backup Exec
12 10 (1.36%) SCOrch
12 10 (1.36%) BMC PATROL
13 9 (1.23%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
13 9 (1.23%) Tivoli
14 7 (0.95%) Tivoli Endpoint Manager
14 7 (0.95%) Vagrant
15 6 (0.82%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 230 (31.34%) VMware
2 163 (22.21%) Red Hat
3 135 (18.39%) Microsoft
4 109 (14.85%) HP
5 81 (11.04%) Oracle
6 71 (9.67%) Citrix
7 51 (6.95%) EMC
8 50 (6.81%) IBM
9 45 (6.13%) Symantec
10 40 (5.45%) Cisco
11 29 (3.95%) Veritas
12 28 (3.81%) NetApp
13 25 (3.41%) 3PAR
14 21 (2.86%) CA
15 16 (2.18%) Altiris
15 16 (2.18%) Sun
15 16 (2.18%) Juniper
16 15 (2.04%) F5
17 13 (1.77%) Websense
18 11 (1.50%) Polycom
West Midlands
Computer People
Posted: Yesterday
North West London
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Refreshing Recruitment
Rate: £280 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Woodrow Mercer Recruitment
Rate: Unspecified Attractive Market Rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Eastleigh, Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Central London / West End
LA International
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Kelway Ltd
Rate: Negotiable Day Rate
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £300 - £425 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Refreshing Recruitment
Posted: 4 days ago
Nuneaton, Warwickshire
Big Red Recruitment
Rate: £10 - £13 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Reed Professional Services
Posted: 4 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Brighton, East Sussex
Computer People
Rate: £35 - £37.50 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Bedfordshire
Venn Group - UK
Rate: 300 Per Day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bedfordshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £20 - £30 per hour
Posted: 11 days ago
City of London
Claremont Consulting Limited
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
City of London
Spectrum IT
Posted: 22 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £260 - £320 per day + competitive
Posted: 24 days ago